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Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 07, 2020
Readings:1st Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41Resp. Psalm Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 62nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:20b-25Gospel: John 10:1-10This day is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus is the Good Shepherd whose voice we hopefully know and follow. But He warns us that we will not follow a stranger's voice. Hopefully the voice of the world and of the devil are strange voices to us but
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Divine Mercy Sunday

Apr 22, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47Resp. Psalm Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-242nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Gospel: John 20:19-31 In the first reading we read that the people took what Jesus did and taught mediated to them by the teaching of the Apostles, to heart. In holding their possessions and finances in common to help those according to their need speaks of the responsibility
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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Mar 24, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a Resp. Psalm Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 2nd Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14 Gospel: John 9:1-41 We tend to try to find a reason for why things happen the way they do. If we are going to suffer, we want to find a reason. This is what happens when Jesus is asked who sinned? The man born blind or his parents? Jesus said neither. Ultimately
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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nov 01, 2019
Painting by Barent Fabritius: De Farizeeër en de tollenaar - 1661Readings:1st Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18Resp. Psalm Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Gospel: Luke 18:9-14Doing good works in and of themselves is not a guarantee that one is holy or will go to Heaven. This is what the Pharisee seems to think. What is more important is why we do what we
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Divine Mercy Sunday

Apr 30, 2019
Image by D Casp from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Acts 5:12-16 Resp. Psalm Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 2nd Reading: Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 Gospel: John 20:19-31I hope all of you plan to receive the Divine Mercy indulgence. To receive the indulgence, you must on Divine Mercy Sunday: Receive Holy CommunionSay the Chaplet of Divine MercyPray for the intentions of the holy
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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Apr 04, 2019
Readings: 1st Reading: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 Resp.: Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 St Paul says that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. This is certainly true of the prodigal son. As his father said, his son was dead but now he has been restored. While God does not want us to stray away from Him, in letting us stray,
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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Mar 11, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:14­-16, 19­-23 Responsorial: Psalm 137:1­-2, 3, 4­-5, 62nd Reading: Ephesians 2:4­1-0Gospel: John 3:14­-21 Jesus wants us to know that he came to sacrifice himself for all of us. St Paul tells us that even when we were dead in our transgressions, our sins, Jesus's sacrifice was ours for the taking. This is why in today's Gospel, John
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